The Walking Dead #100

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10 Overall Score
Story: 10/10
Artwork: 10/10
Creativity: 10/10

Amazing story & artwork

A bit disturbing

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Halfway through this milestone issue of The Walking Dead I had to put it down. It was just that severe, that violent—even by the standards put down by author Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. If that sounds a bit asinine I couldn’t agree with you more. After all, these are fictional characters in a comic book, there to amuse and entertain, not emotionally damage. I couldn’t help it. I’ve been reading The Walking Dead for a few years now and I’ve grown attached to the characters, watching many of them die while others survive trial and after trial, growing into the most damaged human beings in comics. Whatever these characters were before the dead started walking is long gone, replaced by a version of humanity not seen in centuries, when people lived day to day, worrying about raiders or conquerors coming by to rape and pillage wantonly. The Walking Dead creators promised something special for the 100th issue and they delivered, even if this installment is sad, terrifying, and contains the most violent moment since Michonne tortured The Governor years ago.

**Warning: Spoilers Ahead (and I mean spoilers. If you don’t want this issue ruined I’d suggest turning back at this point since I’m giving away the issue’s whole climax, which is incredible even if it’s disturbing.)**


I warned you…

Glenn’s dead. The mysterious Negan isn’t mysterious any longer, ambushing Rick, Carl, Michonne, Glenn, Maggie, Sophia, and Heath on their way to The Hilltop. Rick seriously underestimated Negan’s forces, which outnumber Rick’s travelling band by about five to one. Extremely displeased with Rick and his people killing some of his men, Negan decides to make a statement by beating Glenn’s head in with a barb wire covered baseball bat he calls Lucille. This is where I had to put the issue down, as Glenn’s death was utterly gruesome, taking up over five pages. By the end Glenn’s head wasn’t even a head; it was a mangled mess, with blood, brains, and skull taking up an entire page.

Here’s where I find myself feeling a bit silly: Glenn’s a character. Granted, he’s a character in a comic book I absolutely love—and also a character that’s survived since the first few issues—but he’s still fictional nonetheless. Yet, I found myself disturbed by his death, feeling a damper put on the rest of my day. This has to be a testament to Kirkman’s storytelling prowess, creating characters you become emotionally invested in, whose death can fuck with you.

There’s also the issue of those at Rick’s camp, who are waiting around for their comrades and the possibility of yet another attack by Negan’s men. Andrea’s skepticism regarding their safety isn’t foolish, as some of Negan’s goons are hiding out, awaiting daylight and the beginning of their offensive. So, even though The Walking Dead’s 100th issue focuses primarily on Rick’s misadventures with Negan and Glenn’s horrific death, the next issue promises even more violence. It seems the safety Rick was talking about a few issues back was a pipe dream and it’s only a matter of time before other prominent characters end up like Glenn. Just when Kirkman makes you think the story’s going one way he pulls it in an entirely new direction, changing the rules as he goes along. He can do that though; after all, it’s his book.

By the way, for the obsessive collectors out there, this issue of The Walking Dead has eight different covers. What the hell? While the artwork on each cover is excellent, with covers by Adlard, Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Mark Silvestri (Cyberforce, the new Incredible Hulk books), and others, it’s a bit much. Unfortunately, my local comic book shop didn’t have the cover I wanted, which features a zombified grandma. Click here to check it out.

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Author: Emmanuel Malchiodi View all posts by
Emmanuel Malchiodi is a freelance writer living in New York City but originally from Florida.

6 Comments on "The Walking Dead #100"

  1. Chris Keenan July 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I was sad to see him go too but excited it wasn’t Michonne!
     

    • Emmanuel Malchiodi July 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      I’m glad it wasn’t Michonne too. I’m also glad it wasn’t Andrea (I wrote a letter to Kirkman, which he published, where I offered records and books in trade for Andrea’s continued existence). Honestly, it was one of the most disturbing deaths they’ve done so far and it really bothered me. I’m deadly serious when I said I had to put the book down for a few minutes because the suspense beforehand and the excessive violence was a bit much; it also doesn’t help that I love Glenn and hoped he’d live through the entire series (he was a honest, sincere character and I didn’t want him to die, especially in such a disgusting way). 

      I know Rick’s invincible but I wouldn’t have been as upset if they killed him. I like Rick but he’s also an asshole sometimes. Yes, he’s right about so many things but he’s also led countless people to their graves because he’s so headstrong. Also, if Rick dies I think Carl will become the book’s central character and he’s amazing. I wouldn’t mind a book where Carl’s the primary protagonist, as he’s more emotionally damaged than anybody. 

  2. Andrewr_miller July 26, 2012 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Glenn can’t be dead!!! He’s my favorite character! All they need to do is find some super glue and a lot of band-aids and he’ll be as good as new!!!

    • Emmanuel Malchiodi July 26, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

      What’s the shelf life on super glue? 

  3. Mreed13144 August 8, 2012 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Who gives a fuck about any one any more! I hate The Walking Dead. Glenn was my favorite character. Maggie was too. But if Glenn’s dead, Maggie kill yourself. That’s all I have to say

    • Emmanuel Malchiodi August 8, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Maggie can’t kill herself – she’s pregnant. That’s a super sin. Then again, I don’t believe in god so what do I care? 

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